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Police shootings dramatically outnumber criminal executions

Sean McElwee of Demos shared a staggering chart putting the recent tragedies in Ferguson and St. Louis in perspective.

From 2001 through 2011, fatal injuries related to legal intervention (arrest, suppressing disturbances, maintaining order) outnumbered criminal executions on the order of four-to-one — and the gap is widening.

McElwee drew data on fatal injuries from the CDC and data on criminal executions from the Death Penalty Information Center.